China Bans The Plastic Bag – But We Can’t?

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Seriously? According to a bunch of news stories this morning, China has decided to ban the plastic bag in supermarkets and retail shops starting June 1st. And while there have been some cities that have done so here in the U.S. (San Francisco being the biggest), the rest of the country continues to double bag all their groceries with plastic and paper and fill landfills with these wasteful bags. The entire country of China bans the bag yet only a select few cities here can do so? It seems kind of silly…the conspiracy theorist in me would say it was because of some secret plastic bag lobbyist hiding out in a grocery store, but what could be the real reason? Anyone? If every grocery store mandated reusable bags starting next week and sold them for a $1, we could get rid of plastic bags in no time. Let’s get to it – if China can do it, so can we!

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